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Fantasy All-Access: Fire the cannons for Blue Jackets

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The Columbus Blue Jackets won a franchise-record eight straight games and are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. So what has that done for fantasy owners and what is expected for the Blue Jackets as they continue their first year in the Eastern Conference?

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, fueled the streak with 10 wins in his past 11 starts. The offense has come from both the front and back line as the Blue Jackets had three or more goals in all eight games of the run.

Although the win streak ended Saturday with a loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Blue Jackets follow up with four games this week (@CAR, OTT, WSH, FLA), so activate all of your Columbus players and stick with them while they're hot.


Daily Primer Jan. 27: Sharks aim to extend win streak

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The San Jose Sharks are on a roll, and now they get to face a team that is experiencing difficulty scoring goals.

San Jose, winners of six straight, will host the struggling Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The Kings have averaged 1.83 goals per game in January, well below their season average of 2.38.

"We can't fall into a trap where we get sleepy, lazy, nonchalant just because we're at home," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Teams are competing hard, and we have to match that."

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:


Versatility has taken Golden Gophers' Fasching far

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / On Campus

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

University of Minnesota freshman forward Hudson Fasching is no stranger to any tempo or style on the ice.

He can play fast or a physically demanding role as a top-line playmaker or third-line grinder. That's precisely why the versatile Fasching was an attractive option as an energy-type forward for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Golden Gophers coach Don Lucia, who also coached the U.S. at the WJC, likes the pace and aggressiveness with which Fasching competes.

"He's a point-a-game guy [with Minnesota] and they're all 5-on-5, so he's had his success 5-on-5," Lucia said.

At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, the 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 118) of the Los Angeles Kings has the size to get to the front of the net along with the skill to score from anywhere. Both traits were on display during an exhibition game against Minnesota State University in Mankato just 10 days before the start of the WJC in Malmo, Sweden.

Fasching scored a sensational overtime goal after taking a pass in stride through the neutral zone, breaking to the net and bulling his way in at 3:14 to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory.


Social media excitement for Yankee Stadium game


Social media is abuzz with content regarding the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Check out some player tweets, pictures and videos surrounding the event:


Yankee Stadium game a day to remember

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist plays his home games at Madison Square Garden, so he knows what it's like to ply his trade in front of a packed house of raucous fans. And the New York Rangers goaltender has performed on the biggest of stages, at the NHL level in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and internationally for Sweden at the Olympics and the IIHF World Championships.

Lundqvist had even played an outdoor NHL game prior to Sunday, backstopping the Rangers to a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Still, there was no experience in his career that could compare to taking the ice at Yankee Stadium on Sunday before a sellout crowd of 50,105 fans and leading the Rangers to a 7-3 win against the New Jersey Devils in a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game played on a crisp winter afternoon.

"Walking out to warm-ups and taking it all in, it was just a great feeling, exciting feeling and a proud moment too, walking out here in front of all the fans in such a special stadium," Lundqvist said.


After missing Classic, Zuccarello plays outdoor hero

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Following a breakout rookie season in 2010-11 when he had 23 points in 42 games, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello had every reason to believe he'd be on the ice for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. But after totaling three points in 10 games to start the 2011-12 season, he was sent to the American Hockey League. By the time the Rangers suited up for their 3-2 outdoor win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Zuccarello was out of the Hartford lineup nursing an ankle injury.

It was a difficult season he hasn't forgotten, especially after playing the hero with two goals in the Rangers' 7-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium in a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Sunday.

"I was happy for the guys playing the [2012] Winter Classic. It's a good experience. So obviously it was a little disappointing not being able to play that. I wasn't good enough to play," Zuccarello said after scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals against New Jersey. "But [Sunday] was probably better playing in front of our own fans in New York, so I'm happy I could play with this group here and at this stadium."


Devils' Brodeur takes outdoor game loss in stride

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Martin Brodeur's 100th regular-season game against the New York Rangers had the potential to be one of the most special.

Thanks to a four-goal second period marked by numerous defensive breakdowns and unfortunate bounces in front of him, it turned out to be one to forget for the New Jersey Devils goaltender.

Brodeur allowed six goals total on 21 shots and was replaced by Cory Schneider to begin the third period as the Devils lost 7-3 to the Rangers before a sellout crowd of 50,105 in a 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium.


Jagr passes Lemieux on all-time assists list

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Making history seems to have become the norm for New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr.

He moved up another notch on the NHL all-time list Sunday during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. His two assists moved him past former teammate Mario Lemieux and into sole possession of 10th place on the League's all-time list with 1,035.

In the first period, Jagr carried the puck below the goal line in the Rangers' end, spun and found a trailing Patrik Elias for a goal from in close at 11:00 of the first period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.

Later in the first, he grabbed a loose puck off a faceoff on the right side of the Rangers' zone and sent it back to Mark Fayne at the left point. Jagr got to the front of the net and outmuscled Kevin Klein to get a piece of Fayne's long shot. The puck bounced off the pads of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist but went right to Travis Zajac, who scored at 16:07 to give the Devils a 3-1 lead.


Hiller makes statement by shutting out Kings

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

LOS ANGELESAnaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller knew he had to make a statement early in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium

In his previous start, four days earlier, Hiller was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 11 shots to the Winnipeg Jets. He knew people – his coach, Bruce Boudreau, his teammates, the Los Angeles Kings and the fans that packed the iconic baseball stadium – were wondering how Hiller would respond.


Sunday Long Read: Messier helps Ice Center in NYC

Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

On Dec. 10, 2013, the New York City Council approved plans for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) to occupy the Kingsbridge Armory space in the Bronx. The complex, as proposed, will be, upon completion in 2017, the world's largest indoor ice center. The nearly unanimous vote capped three years of efforts by KNIC Partners, led by Kevin Parker, former global head of asset management at Deutsche Bank, and CEO Mark Messier. The success of the venture, the "alignment of the planets and stars" as Parker calls it, was the culmination of thousands of hours of research and planning. It also involved a healthy dose of community cooperation and, curiously, a bus trip to Philadelphia.

Kevin Parker had an ice problem.

A hockey dad living in the middle of New York City, Parker's two boys, then 8 and 10, had graduated from Pee Wee hockey and were in search of a stiffer challenge. So the Parkers searched, and searched, eventually only finding competitive hockey some 45 miles from their home, traveling to Mennen Arena in Morristown, N.J., and Stamford Twin Rinks in Stamford, Conn. The shorter of those two trips, to Stanford, is 34 miles from midtown Manhattan.

"That just made the situation seem even crazier to me, that if you love hockey and want to play hockey growing up in New York City, you have to travel 35 or 45 miles to go play," Parker said. "So I asked the question: 'Why are there no ice sports? No ice surfaces in New York City?'"

It's a common question among hockey families, school programs and city leagues, and especially pertinent this week. How, in a city that will host two 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games featuring the three metro-area NHL teams during the next week, can there be almost no year-round ice to be found?

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild